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Summer Reading and Writing Institute
August 8–12, 8:30 -3:30, Shoreline Center

Student Fees: $400
30 clock hours or 3 SPU credits available.

In this institute we develop our own skills as writers and close readers and engage in Writing Workshop.  We write daily, explore research on best practices in writing and reading instruction, and share teaching strategies which can be taken directly to the classroom, to Professional Learning Communities, or shared in schools and districts.  Our instructors also include ways to scaffold instruction for students not at benchmark. Teachers will take away useful approaches for successful teaching, consistent with the Common Core standards for reading and writing.  

Instructors:  Holly Stein and Kim Norton, UW instructors, teachers, writers, and longtime Puget Sound Writing Project leaders. Kim Norton, a poet from Lopez Island, is anthologized in How to Save the World.  Holly Stein has served as a Writing Leadership team member and consultant with OSPI, and now Smarter Balanced, since 1998.


Summer Reading and Writing In Social Studies and Language Arts

August 1-5, 8:30 -3:30, Shoreline Center

Student Fees: $400
30 clock hours or 3 SPU credits available.

In this institute participants explore social studies and language arts subjects in an integrated, thematic approach.  The class addresses reading and writing for argument through guiding questions, as well as reading and writing narrative and poetry. Teachers will leave with inquiry and discussion skills to take to the classroom. Instructional strategies are in line with best practices for inquiry learning and the Common Core standards. 

Instructors:  Kim Norton and Doug Selwyn, UW instructors, teachers, writers, and Puget Sound Writing Project members.  Doug Selwyn is the author of many books on teaching; his most recent book is Following the Threads.

Just Write! Writing Workshop in Burlington, WA
July 25-July 29 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Student Fees: $400
30 clock hours or 3 SPU credits available.

For years teachers have been asking for a class where the focus is their own writing.  This workshop offers teachers the opportunity to write and share their writing.  Genre is open: craft lessons will focus on memoir, article writing, and personal narrative.  We welcome anyone who teaches, defined broadly, and wants to write.

Instructors: Janine Brodine, writer, teacher and former director of Puget Sound Writing Project. She has written several books, including Journals in the Classroom. Jen Bradbury is the author of several young adult novels and children’s books. Her latest novel is River Runs Deep.

For Summer Class 2016 application, click here.